By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The Rim of the World Communities have been named a 2014 Playful City USA by KaBOOM!—in partnership with the Humana Foundation—because of the mountain communities’ commitment to provide children with recreational opportunities.
The designation opens avenues for the Rim Communities to apply for grants and playground build opportunities throughout KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating places to play within walking distance of every child in America.
“Our mountain communities are a natural playground full of trails, lakes, parks and open space where children and adults can get outdoors and play, and I am pleased to see them recognized as a Playful Community,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford said. “I applaud the community leaders who secured this designation and wish them the best in securing
additional resources to enhance the recreational opportunities in the mountain communities.”
Crestline resident Penny Shubnell, who led the effort to secure the Playful Community designation, said she’s excited by the opportunity to create new play spaces in the mountains.
“My vision is to build play equipment for children right next to play equipment for seniors —what I like to call ‘intergenerational playgrounds’—across the Rim of the World Communities,” she said.
The Rim of the World Communities include Crestline, Cedarpines Park, Valley of Enchantment, Crest Forest, Lake Gregory, Twin Peaks, Skyforest, Lake Arrowhead, Green Valley Lake, Blue Jay, Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs, and Deer Lodge Park. The Rim Communities were one of 212 cities and towns across the country to earn a 2014 Playful City USA designation.
The Playful City USA honorees range in size from eight-time honorees such as San Francisco and Shirley, Mass., to first-time recipients Washington, D.C. and Plantersville, Miss. (population: 1,174).
These Playful City USA communities are making a commitment to transform their communities to become more playable by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their community.